A man and his friends come up with an intricate and original plan to destroy two big weapons manufacturers.

Director:

Jean-Pierre Jeunet (as Jean Pierre Jeunet)

Writers:

Jean-Pierre Jeunet (scenario) (as Jean Pierre Jeunet), Guillaume Laurant (scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dany Boon ... Bazil
André Dussollier ... Nicolas Thibault de Fenouillet
Yolande Moreau ... Tambouille
Dominique Pinon ... Fracasse
Marie-Julie Baup ... Calculette
Michel Crémadès ... Petit Pierre
Nicolas Marié ... François Marconi
Julie Ferrier ... La Môme Caoutchouc
Omar Sy ... Remington
Jean-Pierre Marielle ... Placard
Urbain Cancelier ... Le gardien de nuit de Marconi
Patrick Paroux Patrick Paroux ... Gerbaud
Jean-Pierre Becker Jean-Pierre Becker ... Libarski
Stéphane Butet Stéphane Butet ... Matéo
Philippe Girard Philippe Girard ... Gravier
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Storyline

Avid movie-watcher and video store clerk Bazil has had his life all but ruined by weapons of war. His father was killed by a landmine in Morocco and one fateful night a stray bullet from a nearby shootout embeds itself in his skull, leaving him on the verge of instantaneous death. Losing his job and his home, Bazil wanders the streets until he meets Slammer, a pardoned convict who introduces him to a band of eccentric junkyard dealers including Calculator, a math expert and statistician, Buster, a record-holder in human cannonball feats, Tiny Pete, an artistic craftsman of automatons, and Elastic Girl, a sassy contortionist. When chance reveals to Bazil the two weapons manufacturers responsible for building the instruments of his destruction, he constructs a complex scheme for revenge that his newfound family is all too happy to help set in motion. Written by The Massie Twins

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Action | Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The film features the same green and red color scheme as another Jeunet's movie Amélie (2001). See more »

Goofs

When Bazil picks up the brass to determine who manufactured the ammunition which struck him in the head, the name of the manufacturer is stamped on the back of the brass, as is the norm, but there is no primer. Instead, the stamp occupies the entire surface. See more »

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References View from the Top (2003) See more »

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A Jeunet masterpiece -- may be his best yet
20 September 2009 | by Art SnobSee all my reviews

I saw 21 films at the 2009 Toronto Film Fest, and while many of them were good, this one was the best by a wide margin. If you've liked any of Jeunet's movies in the past, you can put this one down as a sure thing (provided that your favorite isn't ALIEN RESURRECTION). All of the Jeunet elements you love -- colorful, quirky characters (in this case, a whole gang of them), other-worldliness, incredible color schemes, chain reactions, etc. -- in a new concoction that doesn't feel repetitive or derivative in the slightest. As a sympathetic character with a gift for physical comedy, leading man Dany Boon can hold a candle to Chaplin and Keaton. It's simply a masterpiece ... the kind of film that will keep me coming back to this festival forever.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

11 June 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

French for Beginners See more »

Filming Locations:

Puteaux, Hauts-de-Seine, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$42,751, 30 May 2010

Gross USA:

$1,262,079

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,979,882
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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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